Young Tony

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Twenty-three-year-old Tony Bennett recorded and released his first single for Columbia Records, "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams" with its B-side, "I Wanna Be Loved", in April 1950. From then until the end of 1956, he recorded 87 tracks released contemporaneously on 35 Columbia singles and two LPs, Cloud 7 February 7, 1955 and Tony January 14, 1957, not counting compilations. On January 1, 2007, Bennett's 1956 recordings joined those from previous years in entering the public domain in Europe, where copyright extends only 50 years. The British label Proper Records took advantage of that to release Young Tony, a four-CD box set largely devoted to Bennett's 1950-1956 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Twenty-three-year-old Tony Bennett recorded and released his first single for Columbia Records, "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams" with its B-side, "I Wanna Be Loved", in April 1950. From then until the end of 1956, he recorded 87 tracks released contemporaneously on 35 Columbia singles and two LPs, Cloud 7 February 7, 1955 and Tony January 14, 1957, not counting compilations. On January 1, 2007, Bennett's 1956 recordings joined those from previous years in entering the public domain in Europe, where copyright extends only 50 years. The British label Proper Records took advantage of that to release Young Tony, a four-CD box set largely devoted to Bennett's 1950-1956 recordings, containing 82 selections with a running time of about three hours and 54 minutes, a length that might have been contained though just barely on three discs. The collection, arranged chronologically by recording date, includes all of Bennett's Columbia recordings from April 17, 1950, to September 24, 1954, except "Let's Make Love," from that first recording session. But having featured nearly all of Bennett's first 26 singles, the set then excludes most of his 45s from 1955 and 1956, employing only the A-side of the last of them, "Just in Time," the song from the Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing that reached number 46 in the Billboard singles chart. That means other chart entries "Can You Find It in Your Heart," "From the Candy Store on the Corner to the Chapel on the Hill," "Happiness Street Corner Sunshine Square," and "The Autumn Waltz" are missing. All the tracks from Cloud 7 and Tony are included, however, as are three tracks, "While the Music Plays On," "Darn That Dream," and "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me," that were recorded in 1954 but not issued until years later. Proper concludes the set by adding in some non-Columbia material: a low-fidelity version of "In the Middle of an Island" a Bennett hit in 1957 with special lyrics sung on television on The Nat King Cole Show in December 1956 and the contents of the frequently licensed Roulette Records LP Strike Up the Band, a collaboration with Count Basie & His Orchestra recorded in November 1958. The chronological formatting and the elimination of the mid-'50s singles emphasizes Bennett's musical development during his late twenties. He begins bellowing in a sub-operatic tone on his early records and bowing to producer Mitch Miller's taste for novelty material, working largely with arranger/conductor Percy Faith. While this approach produces hits "Because of You," "Cold, Cold Heart" and occasional artistic triumphs, such as the big-band swing version of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," there is also plenty of mediocrity. But by the middle of the third disc, as Bennett records tracks for Cloud 7 in August 1954 using only three horns and a rhythm section and covering standards, he has begun to sound like the mature Tony Bennett more familiar to later listeners. He can still rev up to that operatic level for effect, as he does, for instance in "Without a Song," cut in September 1956 and used as the final track on Tony. But he has become a much subtler singer than he was at the start. While it is not a perfect representation of Bennett's early years, Young Tony should be welcomed by Bennett fans seeking material Columbia has been loath to release on CD, especially since it comes at a modest price allowed by the out-of-copyright status of most of the tracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520021210
  • Catalog Number: 121
  • Sales rank: 257,108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (2:58)
  2. 2 I Wanna Be Loved (3:21)
  3. 3 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (2:04)
  4. 4 Our Lady of Fatima (3:15)
  5. 5 Just Say I Love Her (2:47)
  6. 6 Sing You Sinners (2:12)
  7. 7 Kiss You (2:54)
  8. 8 One Lie Leads to Another (2:24)
  9. 9 Don't Cry, Baby (2:35)
  10. 10 Once There Lived a Fool (2:46)
  11. 11 Beautiful Madness (2:38)
  12. 12 The Valentino Tango (2:34)
  13. 13 I Won't Cry Anymore (2:43)
  14. 14 Because of You (2:58)
  15. 15 While We're Young (2:20)
  16. 16 Cold, Cold Heart (2:39)
  17. 17 Since My Love Has Gone (2:57)
  18. 18 Please, My Love (2:50)
  19. 19 Blue Velvet (3:04)
  20. 20 Solitaire (3:15)
  21. 21 Silly Dreamer
  22. 22 Sleepless
  23. 23 Somewhere Along the Way
  24. 24 I'm Lost Again
  25. 25 Have a Good Time
  26. 26 Here in My Heart
  27. 27 Roses of Yesterday
  28. 28 You Could Make the Smile Again
  29. 29 Congratulations to Someone
  30. 30 Anywhere I Wander
  31. 31 Staywhere You Are
  32. 32 Take Me
  33. 33 No One Will Ever Know
  34. 34 (I'm) The King of Broken Hearts
  35. 35 I'll Go
  36. 36 Rags to Riches
  37. 37 Here Comes That Heartache Again
  38. 38 Someone Turned the Moon Upside Down
  39. 39 Stranger in Paradise
  40. 40 Why Does It Have to Be Me
  41. 41 Until Yesterday (Non E la Pioggia)
  42. 42 Please Driver (Once Around the Park Again)
  43. 43 There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
  44. 44 My Heart Won't Say Goodbye
  45. 45 Take Me Back Again
  46. 46 Madonna, Madonna
  47. 47 Not as a Stranger
  48. 48 Cinnamon Sinner
  49. 49 Old Devil Moon
  50. 50 Fall in Love Too Easily
  51. 51 While the Music Plays On
  52. 52 Love Letters
  53. 53 My Reverie
  54. 54 Darn That Dream
  55. 55 Funny Thing
  56. 56 My Pretty Shoo-Gah
  57. 57 Give Me the Simple Life
  58. 58 My Baby Just Cares For Me
  59. 59 My Heart Tells Me
  60. 60 I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me
  61. 61 Lost in the Stars
  62. 62 Taking a Chance on Love
  63. 63 I'm Just a Lucky So and So
  64. 64 It Had to Be You
  65. 65 You Can Depend on Me
  66. 66 Love Walked In
  67. 67 These Foolish Things
  68. 68 I'll Be Seeing You
  69. 69 Without a Song
  70. 70 Always
  71. 71 Just in Time
  72. 72 In the Middle of an Island
  73. 73 Life Is a Song
  74. 74 Chicago
  75. 75 Are You Having Any Fun ?
  76. 76 Jeepers Creepers
  77. 77 Poor Little Rich Girl
  78. 78 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  79. 79 Anything Goes
  80. 80 Growing Pains
  81. 81 Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans
  82. 82 With Plenty of Money and You
Disc 2
  1. 1 Silly Dreamer (2:57)
  2. 2 Sleepless (2:55)
  3. 3 Somewhere Along the Way (2:54)
  4. 4 I'm Lost Again (2:53)
  5. 5 Have a Good Time (3:06)
  6. 6 Here in My Heart (2:50)
  7. 7 Roses of Yesterday (2:52)
  8. 8 You Could Make Me Smile Again (2:44)
  9. 9 Congratulations to Someone (2:54)
  10. 10 Anywhere I Wander (2:56)
  11. 11 Stay Where You Are (2:13)
  12. 12 Take Me (2:27)
  13. 13 No One Will Ever Know (2:40)
  14. 14 I'm the King of Broken Hearts (3:03)
  15. 15 I'll Go (2:37)
  16. 16 Rags to Riches (2:48)
  17. 17 Here Comes That Heartache Again (3:04)
  18. 18 Someone Turned the Moon Upside Down (2:42)
  19. 19 Stranger in Paradise (3:03)
  20. 20 Why Does It Have to Be Me? (3:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Until Yesterday (Non è la Pioggia) (2:56)
  2. 2 Please Driver, Once Around the Park Again (3:08)
  3. 3 There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (2:15)
  4. 4 My Heart Won't Say Goodbye (3:08)
  5. 5 Take Me Back Again (3:07)
  6. 6 Madonna, Madonna (3:20)
  7. 7 Not as a Stranger (2:53)
  8. 8 Cinnamon Sinner (3:00)
  9. 9 Old Devil Moon (2:56)
  10. 10 I Fall in Love Too Easily (2:51)
  11. 11 While the Music Plays On (4:35)
  12. 12 Love Letters (2:34)
  13. 13 My Reverie (2:18)
  14. 14 Darn That Dream (3:22)
  15. 15 Funny Thing (3:04)
  16. 16 My Pretty Shoo-Gah (2:51)
  17. 17 Give Me the Simple Life (4:13)
  18. 18 My Baby Just Cares for Me (2:21)
  19. 19 My Heart Tells Me (4:55)
  20. 20 I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me (3:10)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Lost in the Stars (3:27)
  2. 2 Taking a Chance on Love (2:09)
  3. 3 I'm Just a Lucky So and So (3:29)
  4. 4 It Had to Be You (2:58)
  5. 5 You Can Depend on Me (2:14)
  6. 6 Love Walked In (2:00)
  7. 7 These Foolish Things (3:28)
  8. 8 I'll Be Seeing You (2:48)
  9. 9 Without a Song (2:51)
  10. 10 Always (2:59)
  11. 11 Just in Time (2:34)
  12. 12 In the Middle of an Island (1:37)
  13. 13 Life Is a Song (2:53)
  14. 14 Chicago (2:07)
  15. 15 Are You Having Any Fun? (2:47)
  16. 16 Jeepers Creepers (2:08)
  17. 17 Poor Little Rich Girl (3:31)
  18. 18 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (3:03)
  19. 19 Anything Goes (2:19)
  20. 20 Growing Pains (3:34)
  21. 21 I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans (1:43)
  22. 22 With Plenty of Money and You (1:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Bennett Primary Artist
Ray Conniff Conductor
Count Basie Conductor
Phil Bodner Reeds
Will Bradley Trombone
Freddie Green Guitar
Urbie Green Trombone
Al Grey Trombone
Dick Hyman Piano
Thad Jones Trumpet
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Joe Newman Trumpet
Marshall Royal Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Bob Haggart Bass
Al Klink Reeds
Bernie Leighton Piano
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Ralph Sharon Piano
Lou Stein Piano
Chuck Wayne Guitar
Al Caiola Guitar
George Van Eps Guitar
Stan Freeman Piano
Harvey Leonard Piano
Mitch Miller Conductor
Buddy Cole Piano
Billy Mure Guitar
Felix Slatkin Violin
Paul Nero Violin
Ron Odrich Reeds
Stan Webb Reeds
Jimmy Abato Reeds
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Seymour Barab Cello
Cy Bernard Cello
Harry Bluestone Violin
Sam Clayton Violin
Henry Coker Trombone
Alex Cores Violin
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Gene DiNovi Piano
Richard Dickler Viola
Billy Exner Drums
Cecil Figelski Viola
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Emanuel Green Violin
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Julius Held Violin
Jimmy Jones Piano
Armand Karpoff Cello
George Kast Violin
Harry Katzman Violin
Harry Klee Reeds
Phil Kraus Drums
Leo Kruczek Violin
Harry Lawson Reeds
Clyde Lombardi Bass
Marty Manning Conductor
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello Reeds
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
George Ockner Violin
Gene Orloff Violin
Sonny Payne Drums
Danny Perri Guitar
Benny Powell Trombone
Bernie Privin Trumpet
Samuel Rand Violin
Mischa Russell Violin
Art Ryerson Guitar
Julius Schachter Violin
Hymie Schertzer Reeds
Dave Schildkraut Alto Saxophone
Doc Severinsen Trumpet
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Lou Singer Drums
Terry Snyder Drums
Marshall Sosson Violin
David Soyer Cello
Fred Stulce Reeds
Nicholas Tagg Organ
Frank Wess Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Milt Yaner Reeds
Snooky Young Trumpet
Paul Ricci Reeds
Julius Brand Violin
Murray Kellner Violin
Sally Sweetland Background Vocals
Pete Pumiglio Reeds
W. Brown Reeds
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Larry Alpeter Trombone
Harry Azen Violin
Russell Banzer Reeds
Sidney Brecher Viola
Samuel Carmell Violin
Al Freistadt Reeds
Bernard Greenhouse Cello
Leonard Hartman Reeds
Sonny Igoe Drums
Bernard Kaufman Reeds
Milton Lomask Violin
Dale McMickle Trumpet
Sam Middleman Violin
J. Palmer Reeds
Carl Poole Trumpet
Billy Rauch Trombone
Jack Satterfield Trombone
William Versaci Reeds
Eddie Jones Bass
Lou Oles Trumpet
Harold Furmansky Viola
David Grupp Drums
M. Gusikoff Violin
J. Milozzo Trumpet
Laura Newell Harp
The Ray Charles Singers Background Vocals
Dennis Vaughan Piano
C. Green Violin
E. Powell Reeds
J.C. Carroll Trumpet
Mike Stewart Singers Background Vocals
Sylvan Schulman Violin
Ivor Lloyd Trumpet
John Fell Ryan Bass
Frank Miller Cello
Technical Credits
Ray Conniff Arranger, Direction
Gordon Jenkins Direction
Larry Clinton Composer
Neal Hefti Arranger
Ralph Sharon Arranger
Chuck Wayne Arranger
Mitch Miller Direction
Guion Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Don Costa Arranger
Claude Debussy Composer
Gil Evans Arranger
Sammy Fain Composer
Mel Foree Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Marty Manning Arranger, Direction
Billy Rose Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Jimmy Dale Composer
William Engvick Composer
Morty Palitz Composer
Sam Ward Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Harry Link Composer
George Forrest Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Sammy Gallop Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson Composer
Heinz Roemheld Composer
Kurt Adams Composer
Roy Alfred Composer
Joe Csida Composer
Jean-Loup Dabadie Composer
Rodolfo Falvo Composer
Al Frisch Composer
Jack Val Composer
Ted Varnick Composer
Joop Visser Producer
Martin Kalmanoff Composer
Carl Nutter Composer
Gladys Gollahon Composer
Norman Leydon Direction
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